Mississippi Child Care
Resource and Referral Network
You need the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child has safe, loving, and stimulating child care that you can count on. You want the kind of care children need to be healthy, happy, and ready for school.
So why base this important decision on word of mouth? Call the MSCCR&R office at 1-866-706-8827 to obtain a list of child care options in your area, whether you prefer a licensed child care center or family-home care.
Download our brochure which includes a checklist of questions to ask when you visit the sites you are interested in. You can also review the five steps to locating quality child care listed below.
For more information, including a variety of publications for helping you be the best parent you can be, visit the Child Care Aware web site, a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).
1. Start Early
Start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering - a child care center or care in someone else's home - finding the right child care option can take some time.
2. Make a Call
Begin your search by calling your local experts - your child care resource and referral (CCR&R) center. CCR&Rs can give you the facts about child care, and a list of child care options in your area that may meet your needs. In addition to what is in this brochure, make sure to ask your CCR&R these things:
3. Visit and Ask QuestionsMake sure you visit the child care options you are considering. Find out about these key indicators of quality:
4. Make a Choice
Think about what you saw at each visit, and make the best choice for your child and family.
5. Stay Involved
The work isn't over when you find good care for your child. You and your child's caregiver are partners now. Here are some ways to be involved:
Even if you can't get time off from work during the day, you can still check in at drop-off and pick-up times. Ask the caregiver how things are going, and how your child is doing.
Visiting and participating in events at your child's provider sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child's caregiver that you think what your child is doing and learning is important.
Find out more about efforts in your community to improve the quality of child care. Is your caregiver involved in these activities? How can you get involved? For more information, contact your local child care resource and referral agency, or call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246.